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SBC DIGEST: Judson to open for spring semester; East Tennessee DOM dies

Judson College to open for spring 2021

MARION, Ala. (BP) – In a meeting Dec. 31, the Judson College board of trustees approved moving forward with a residential spring semester for all returning students.

After the Dec. 15 announcement that Judson would need $500,000 in unrestricted cash donations and $1 million in unrestricted commitments of gifts between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2021, the Judson community, alumnae and friends mobilized to secure the needed funds.

The Judson community surpassed the $500,000 cash goal Dec. 28. To date, the combined giving and commitment total is: $1,380,546.04

Due to the potential surge of coronavirus cases, the start date of the spring semester has moved to Jan. 20.

The college is planning a fall session, and trustees will continue to review the school’s financial position in the coming months.

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East Tennessee Director of Missions Horace Brown dies

NEWPORT, Tenn. (BP) – Horace Brown, director of missions for East Tennessee Baptist Association in Cocke County for the past 11 years, died Jan. 1. He was 79.

A native of Sweetwater, Tenn., Brown celebrated 61 years in the ministry last October. In addition to his current position, he served as pastor of 18 churches in South Carolina and Tennessee. He retired after 33 years of teaching in the Monroe and Blount County school systems.

Brown was active in the Tennessee Baptist Convention, having served on both the convention’s committee on boards and committee on credentials.

Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, expressed appreciation for Brown’s ministry.

“Horace Brown and his sweet wife, Pat, have been the dynamic duo of the East Tennessee Baptist Association for years,” Davis said. “Bro. Horace was a kindhearted gentleman who epitomized Christ-centered servant leadership. He was a great encourager to me personally. I loved Bro. Horace and will miss him deeply.”

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